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Rob England

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

    We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

  2. Calls for Alderney French to be taught in schools

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A pair of islanders who are creating a dictionary of Alderney patois want to see the language taught to schoolchildren.

    Based on memories of his family speaking it 70 years ago, Royston Raymond and Sally Pond have translated more than 2,000 words into Alderney French.

    Mr Raymond said he would like to see Alderney French treated in the same way as Jersey and Guernsey's native french languages Jèrriais and Guernesiaise, by being taught in schools in the island.

    Royston Raymond and Sally Pond
    Image caption: Sally Pond and Royston Raymond
  3. A cloudy evening, with rain and drizzle into tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy night, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

    Breezes will sweep in for a time, but underneath the cloud and rain it will feel rather humid tonight.

    In Jersey:


    And in Guernsey:

  4. Airline decision 'killing the goose that lays the golden egg'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A representative of the finance sector in Guernsey has come out against State-owned airline Aurigny's decision to cancel its services to London City Airport from 27 October.

    David Oxburgh, Chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association, said the route was "vital for the industry" and hoped the States of Guernsey could find an alternative provider.

    The Committee for Economic Development has said it is already approaching other airlines.

    Quote Message: With roughly half the employment taxes coming from those working in the finance sector this rather smacks of killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Hopefully the Committee for Economic Development can see the benefits of supporting an operator on this route under a public service agreement and will be able to act quickly to address this. from David Oxburgh Chairman, Guernsey International Business Association
    David OxburghChairman, Guernsey International Business Association
  5. Virtual reality art exhibition to come to Liberty Wharf

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A virtual reality art exhibition, supported by Digital Jersey and Arts House Jersey will showcase virtual reality (VR) environments created by local artists.

    The exhibition, called FLUX, will take place on 16 September, with free access to part of the exhibition for the public from 10:00-16:00, and full ticketed access from 20:00 until late.

    The event is being organised by new digital start-up companies and Virtual Reality Jersey, who say it is an opportunity to show how VR has advanced from a gimmick to a "serious concept", with new possibilities.

    Digital Jersey boss Tony Moretta says the event could be good for the industry.

    Quote Message: Virtual Reality is one of the latest technologies to bring both disruption and opportunity to traditional industries. For example, the use of Virtual Reality in treating patients with phobias, or allowing architects to provide VR walkthroughs of a building, is transforming the commercial and consumer experience. Digital Jersey is delighted to support this event, bringing together artists with technologists to encourage the development of new skills and new business ideas. from Tony Moretta Chief executive officer, Digital Jersey
    Tony MorettaChief executive officer, Digital Jersey
  6. States 'approaching other airlines' to take over Guernsey-London City route

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The future of the Guernsey-London City route is uncertain, as the States say they are approaching other operators to take over.

    The States-owned airline Aurigny announced it would be discontinuing flights to the UK airport due to a lack of interest, and high operational costs.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Committee for Economic Development said whilst he acknowledged Aurigny's decision, there could be advantages in other operators taking the route on.

    Aurigny plane
    Quote Message: This is commercially the right decision for Aurigny, but the Committee for Economic Development believe that marketed better and operated in a more efficient basis this route has the potential to be economically advantageous to Guernsey. As such, the committee is already talking to potential operators who may be interested in operating over this route. from Deputy Peter Ferbrache President, Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey
    Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey
  7. Jersey comes second in national pétanque tournament

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A team of Jersey pétanque players have come second in this year's home nations tournament on the English south coast.

    The island's team lost out to host nation England, who have won the event every year since 2000, but came out ahead of Wales and Scotland.

    It is Jersey's second year in the tournament, which took place at the Hayling Island leisure complex.

    Jersey will play host for the tournament next year.

    Andy Limbrick, chairman of the Jersey Pétanque Association said they could be in an even better position next year.

    Jersey Pétanque Association
    Quote Message: We’ll have a bigger pool to choose from because some of our top players weren’t available to travel to England. We might just be in a position to scare even the English. from Andy Limbrick Chair, Jersey Pétanque Association
    Andy LimbrickChair, Jersey Pétanque Association
  8. Heritage group submits 'alternative plans' for church development

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A group who are fighting plans to upgrade facilities in St Lawrence church have submitted their own alternative plans.

    Heritage campaign group, Save Jersey's Heritage, have said their plans are more cost effective and more sympathetic to the building.

    The parish wants to upgrade the toilet facilities for the 20th century church, and give disabled access by building an extension.

    Marcus Binney, president of the group, says current proposals will hide one its best historical features.

    Quote Message: The cannon door, which is a particular feature of Jersey churches because every parish was required to have a cannon to defend us against the French, is beautifully exposed at the moment, but will be concealed in the toilet extension. from Marcus Binney Save Jersey's Heritage
    Marcus BinneySave Jersey's Heritage
  9. Local support needed to 'resurrect' Alderney French

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A pair of islanders working on an Alderney French dictionary are calling for an "Auregnais Societe" to be set up, similar to those in Guernsey and Jersey, to promote the island's language and culture.

    83-year-old Royston Raymond has been re-learning the local patois and has worked on a dictionary containing more than 2,000 local words.

    Former french teacher Sally Pond has been helping him, and wants to resurrect the language through the new societe.

    Quote Message: We'd get adults and parents involved for children to learn through them. But we've got to have the will from local people to learn that. We do intend to start teaching patois in September. from Sally Pond
    Sally Pond
  10. Aurigny: Existing bookings for London City flights to be refunded or rescheduled

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Passengers with tickets for Aurigny flights departing after 27 October for London City Airport have been reassured by the airline they will be contacted to make arrangements to refund or replace the journey.

    Auringy jet inside

    The States-owned operator announced it would be axing the route from this date due to a lack of demand, and high operational costs.

    The airline said passengers would either be offered a full refund, or alternative flights on Aurigny's network.

    Customers will be contacted by the airline itself, or their relevant travel agent.

  11. Pink substance ‘definitely not pollution’

    Guernsey Press

    Fears that a pink substance which has appeared on some local beaches is pollution have been dismissed by a marine biologist.

  12. New tariffs cards to be displayed in Jersey taxis

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Cards outlining new tariffs for taxis in Jersey have been printed and are to be displayed in all vehicles, according to the Department for Infrastructure.

    It says the cards will allow passengers to easily see how their fares are calculated.

    The cards also set out the maximum level of fares for all taxi-cabs, excluding booking fees from private hire companies.

    However, drivers and companies are able to charge less if they want.

    Taxi tarrifs
  13. Lender to close with the loss of seven jobs

    Jersey Evening Post

    Lombard Finance in St Andrew’s Place is closing with the loss of seven jobs.

  14. Nominations put forward for new jurat in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Two nominations have so far been put forward to replace the jurat of Guernsey's Royal Court Terry Snell, who is retiring.

    Guernsey Royal Court and States Chamber

    Alan Stevenson Boyle is proposed by Deputy Heidi Soulsby and seconded by Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq.

    Callum Andrew Beaton is proposed by Deputy Lyndon Trott and seconded by Deputy Charles Parkinson.

    The deadline for nominations is 16:00 on Friday 18 August, and the election will take place on Wednesday 6 September.

  15. Dedicated Aurigny team to be based at London Gatwick

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Passengers travelling with Aurigny from Guernsey to Gatwick will be dealing with the company's own staff door-to-door in the future, the airline has said.

    The carrier announced it will be deploying its own ground operations staff at the UK airport to "enhance customer experience".

    The change was announced alongside the news the company would be stopping flights to London City Airport.

    Aurigny plane
    Quote Message: We believe this is the right thing to do for our customers and for Guernsey. [Having Aurigny staff at Gatwick] will help us to cut disruption, improve our customer service and enhance the overall experience we offer on the busiest route to the island. from Mark Darby CEO, Aurigny
    Mark DarbyCEO, Aurigny
  16. 'Shop window smashed and alcohol stolen'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A shop window has been smashed and alcohol stolen from the premises in Jersey, police have said.

    It happened at the Food Hall in Val Plaisant, at about 01:00 on Tuesday.

    Police are viewing the CCTV and want to speak to a man in connection with the incident.

    Officers are appealing for witnesses.

    Food Hall
    Image caption: The window has since been fixed
  17. Fuel drained from car in Castel

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Fuel has been drained from a car in Guernsey, police have said.

    The vehicle, a green Honda Civic, was parked near the main Grandes Rocques bus stop in Castel.

    It happened between Friday 4 August and Sunday 6 August.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  18. Air travel costs 'unlikely to fall'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    it is difficult to see the cost of air travel falling in the near future, an airline boss has said.

    CEO for Blue Islands, Rob Veron, said islanders have "short memories" when it comes to travelling off-island, with fares historically costing more, in real terms, than today.

    Mr Veron said prices are set "for a reason" and costs are "continuing to increase" for airlines.

    Blue Islands plane

    In 2016, Blue Islands signed a franchise agreement with Flybe.

  19. Guernsey Community Foundation awards nominations open

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Nominations for this years Guernsey Community Foundation awards are now open.

    The event, now in its seventh year, celebrates excellence in the charitable and voluntary sectors, with awards in seven categories.

    Award categories include:

    • Charity of the year
    • Fundraising team of the year
    • Outstanding individual achievement

    Organisers say the awards recognise outstanding contributions to community spirit in the island.

    Nomination forms and full criteria can be downloaded from the Community Awards website, and hard copies can be requested by email or post.

    The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 13 September and the awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday 31 October.